If your vagina came with a manual, there would definitely be a few chapters dedicated to the stuff that comes out of this magical organ essentially every day: vaginal discharge ,
Discharge is a combination of bacteria, vaginal skin cells, mucus and fluid from the cervix
and the vagina. Jennifer Paul, MD, an ob / gyn at the University of Chicago Medicine, tells SELF. It is quite normal to have discharges that range from white to clear, have no strong odors and are not associated with symptoms such as irritation, itching and swelling .
You may find that your garden range may leave a pale mark on your underwear. It is irritating to discover when you combine clean linen, but this is no cause for concern. Here is what you should know.
You can reduce the "bleached" underwear to the naturally acidic pH of your vagina.
Dr. Paul is reluctant to refer to what dismissal calls "bleaching." Fair! However, it can confirm that the acid nature of the vaginal discharge may interact with the dye in the undergarment and cause a stain.
The resulting discolored spot in the fabric of your underwear does not automatically mean something is wrong with your vaginal discharge or vaginal discharge Vagina . Taraneh Shirazian, assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at New York City's Langone Health in New York, told SELF, "People should not worry about minor spots."
But why exactly is this happening? To understand, we need to revisit chemistry at high school and exceed the pH scale . PH stands for "potential hydrogen". As a measure of the hydrogen ion concentration in a substance, the pH will say whether something is acidic or basic.
The pH scale ranges from 0 to 14 or ] 1 to 14 depending on your source. Either way, pure tap water drops at 7 in the middle. Anything with a pH below 7 is acidic, including lemon juice (pH 2), black coffee (pH 5), urine (pH 6) and … vaginal discharge!
Depending on who you ask, the normal pH range of the vagina is between 3.5 and 4.5. No matter where exactly in this area it lands, that makes the drain from your vagina sour. "The acidity of the discharge may discolor the clothes, but it is important to remember that this is a normal, healthy discharge for your vagina," says Dr. Paul.
It is natural that the pH of the vagina fluctuates even within the usual range
Among other things, factors such as sexual activity menstruation and cleaning the vagina with soap ( no good Idea ) influence the pH of the vagina to some extent.
This fluctuation is not always a problem in and of itself. The vagina "has its own balance," says Dr. Shirazian. If its pH balance is disturbed, it should and should normally return to normal. "It's like a self-cleaning oven, the vagina, because the bacteria are constantly growing and staying," Dr. Shirazian.
If the pH of your vagina really gets out of balance and stays there, it can lead to problems with fungal infections.
"It's very unusual that the vagina is too acidic," explains Dr. Paul. "The problem is, if the vagina does not get angry enough." This can lead to various infections.
For example, the vagina houses a fungus species called candida or yeast. Lactobacilli Bacteria are said to maintain the acidity of the vagina . This keeps the amount of yeast in the vagina under control, thereby preventing fungal infections . Paul. However, if your vaginal pH is not within the proper range, yeast may multiply, resulting in itching, burning, cottage cheese-like discharge and other symptoms of yeast Bacterial Vaginosis ie "bad" vaginal bacteria can take over the "good" vaginal bacteria and lead to symptoms such as fishy odor, itching, burning during pissing and more.  If you notice any strange vaginal symptoms, Dr. Paul, how important it is for you to be diagnosed by a doctor. "It's very difficult to diagnose yourself exactly what's going on and you want to make sure you get the right treatment for the right infection," she says.
So what do you do if you have your normal vaginal discharge? Is your underwear constantly dyeing?
Experts advise against carrying tampons to absorb the discharge if you do not have your period . For starters, you do not produce as much discharge as menstrual blood, which means that the tampon can only absorb the vaginal moisture, which can cause irritation and microcracks on removal. Unless you are threatened by period leaks, you may be less concerned about removing this tampon, which could increase the risk of toxic shock syndrome . (This condition is extremely rare, but it's still worth avoiding the risk factors, such as leaving a tampon longer than eight hours.) Instead, consider the Pantyliner route, though you should make sure it's yours used Pantyliner is not perfumed. Paul Paul. Fragrances in these items can be irritating to your vulva.
It may be easiest to change underwear more frequently, and to rinse or wash each pair for a brief while flushing, Dr. Paul. In this way, the discharge does not have that much time to insert. In other words, more laundry is one possible way to deal with it. Whether you are going that route or deciding whether you are satisfied with some naturally colored undergarment pairs is entirely up to you.